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easy. it is challenging in this fiscal environment. administrations 39 budget -- $39 million budget request. consistent with what congress appropriated in 2013 for the department before sequestration cuts were applied. the level of funding in this budget is lower than what congress appropriated in 2009. stepping back and thinking of the challenges that our country and this department has faced since 2009, times square bombing, hurricane sandy, the ever-changing and growing cyber threat, and of the boston attack, it is easy to become concerned with this budget request. we are facing extremely difficult budgetary times. sacrifices must be made. they may not receive all of the funding. and agencies in government must share in the sacrifice to some extent required during this deficit. our secretary seems to have taken this message to heart. he is identified $1.3 billion in savings this year and more than $4 billion since 2009. he continues to move from a risk-based approach and it effort to save more money. i'm happy to see this budget proposes a much-needed increase for cybersecurity,
's a federal group that that is their job is to go out and do search and rescue in these types of environments as we had last night. they are also assisted by the fire department heavy rescue. in the ford hood search and rescue group. i would assume there are probably others i don't have names to and i don't mean to leave anybody out. but, again, limited information coming from them because they have higher priorities in saving lives than passing information along to me. i can tell you that some of the areas they are searching, they are having to shore up before they are allowed to go into those homes. one of those is an apartment complex. when i use the term shore up, it means they are using heavy rescue, the search and rescue groups. the task force teams to actually reinforce some of the structures before they can safety enter that. once they get a structure secure , then and only then are they being allowed to go in and search. it is tedious and time consuming. it is mythodical process. rescue and save lives. the number two priority is to make sure there are no further injuries and nobody e
environment. thank you, mr. speaker. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from illinois rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today to talk about the recent passing of dick falla, a great friend to working men and women of illinois and iowa, and a great ally to american workers. dick spent his life fighting to improve the lives of others. he was a tireless and passionate advocate for working families and true champion for civil rights. st's a lifel heght for local d national leader on half of the american worker he showed up at every labor rally, pickett line, and civil rights event. rain, snow, heat, old age, and sickness. nothing could deter dick from fighting on he behalf of working people. he was a rousing public speaker and inspired generations of illinoisans and iowans to get involved in public service. i know my husband, jerry, and i extend our condolences to dick's family. he will truly be missed. thank you, mr. speaker an
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